A soulful singer-songwriter, ZZ Ward (born Zsuzsanna Eva Ward, June 2, 1986) makes blues-infused rock-pop songs about relationships, love and sex. Her debut album, Til the Casket Drops, has placed three singles on the radio charts: "Put the Gun Down," "365 Days" and "Last Love Song."
Ward released her second album, The Storm, in 2017.
The Pennsylvania-born Ward also plays guitar, piano and harmonica. You can listen to her music at her YouTube channel.
Tropes found in ZZ Ward's work:
- The Alcoholic: Cryin' Wolf is addressed to one of these (he has many, many other issues as well).
- Analogy Backfire: The smoldering, otherwise-excellent ''Blue Eyes Blind" includes the lines "Forget the truth until tomorrow/You'll be my Hughes, I'll be your Harlow." Harlow and Hughes refer to Jean Harlow and Howard Hughes; the latter "discovered" the former. If your boyfriend reminds you of Howard Hughes, might be a good idea to get away.
- Blues Rock: A pop-ish variety, to be sure.
- Break-Up Song: Several, with different tones
- Crying Wolf: "Cryin' Wolf," naturally, which is about a crummy boyfriend who has made so many promises that it's impossible to believe him.
- Hip-Hop: "Cryin' Wolf" and "Criminal" both feature verses from guest rappers, while songs like "Lil' Darling" have definite hip hop influences.
- Intercourse with You: Quite a few songs about sex.
- Nice Hat: Almost never seen without a fedora. The Last Love Song video is an exception, one she even lampshaded on her social media accounts.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Put the Gun Down is a peppy, bouncy, up-beat song that's actually a desperate, futile plea to the woman Ward knows is going to take her man.
- Obligatory Bondage Verse: Cryin' Wolf features a guest verse from Kendrick Lamar, which includes the line, "Don't forget about the kinkiness of playing with the cuffs...."
- Title Track: 'Til The Casket Drops is the title track for....
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Terribly fond of "fuck." When it started raining during a show in Denver, she asked the audience, "You all know where I'm from? That's right, Oregon. Fuck you, rain."
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Last Love Song," which is a big departure from the up-beat, sassy tracks for which she's known.
- Woman Scorned: 365 Days is a version of the classic "woman betrayed by a cheating man" song: clothes and possessions (including his money) thrown out a window, locks changed, etc.
- Your Cheating Heart: "365 Days" and "Cryin' Wolf" are both directed at cheating boyfriends.